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Heat Rises | [Richard Castle]

Heat Rises

The bizarre murder of a parish priest at a New York bondage club opens Nikki Heat's most thrilling and dangerous case so far, pitting her against New York's most vicious drug lord, an arrogant CIA contractor, and a shadowy death squad out to gun her down. And that is just the tip of an iceberg that leads to a dark conspiracy reaching all the way to the highest level of the NYPD.
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Publisher's Summary

Fast-paced and full of intrigue, Heat Rises pairs the tough and sexy NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat with hotshot reporter Jameson Rook in New York Times best-selling author Richard Castle's most thrilling mystery yet.

The bizarre murder of a parish priest at a New York bondage club opens Nikki Heat's most thrilling and dangerous case so far, pitting her against New York's most vicious drug lord, an arrogant CIA contractor, and a shadowy death squad out to gun her down. And that is just the tip of an iceberg that leads to a dark conspiracy reaching all the way to the highest level of the NYPD.

But when she gets too close to the truth, Nikki finds herself disgraced, stripped of her badge, and out on her own as a target for killers with nobody she can trust. Except maybe the one man in her life who's not a cop. Reporter Jameson Rook.

In the midst of New York's coldest winter in a hundred years, there's one thing Nikki is determined to prove: Heat Rises.

©2011 Castle © ABC Studios (P)2011 Hyperion (packaging elements only)

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    ShySusan 12-03-11
    ShySusan 12-03-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Another good one from Castle."

    I liked this book - a lot. It is intended to be much like the TV series, and it is. If you like the TV series, you will probably like the books. A previous reviewer said it is ???fast-paced, cute, and cliched.??? He is correct; it is. He meant it in a bad way, but I mean it in a good way. I don???t think that being fast-paced or cute needs to be apologized for. If you don???t like fast-paced and cute, fine. I realize that tastes differ.

    But let???s talk about his last criticism: cliched. That is always meant negatively, but the reviewer fails to acknowledge that the vast majority of genre fiction is cliched. The romance and crime fiction genres have the strictist plot constraints and therefore most frequently fall into cliche, but even the science fiction, fantasy, and literary genres have their cliches. It is true that the very best books in any genre transcend cliche, but the vast majority do not. Generally, it is not a question of whether a book is cliched but whether it does a good job within it???s genre or sub-genre. I think this book does a good job within its sub-genre.

    I think that the reviewer who complained that this book was too cute and cliched perfers the sub-genre of crime fiction which is darker and meaner. He was looking for Noir and this wasn???t it.

    I wish I knew who was really writing these books, because if I knew, I would go out and buy his other stuff.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    James 08-27-12
    James 08-27-12 Member Since 2012

    I loved reading about King Arthur and Knights of the round table when I was a wee lad. Now I am older and love Game of Thrones!

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    "An intriguing story for Castle fans."
    What did you love best about Heat Rises?

    I played Heat Rises on some long drives and found it so captivating that I was tapping "go back" to replay something, and there I was , sitting in my driveway wanting to hear what happens next when I made it home. I love the ABC series, and find this novel much better than the earlier Heat Rises and Heat Wave. With this one, either I have become familiar with Johnny Hellers' voice and narration, or I have found the story more compelling, better written and full of interesting crime sleuthing. I think that it is a very good story for Castle fans and leaves you wanting to find out what happens in the fourth novel. It parallels some of the tv episodes, where you can see where Richard Castle got the backround, and it is toungue in cheek as you go along. Also you can see the repore build , the trust between Nikki and Jameson Rook , much the way you can on 4 yrs of tv's Castle.


    Would you recommend Heat Rises to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, especially share with my friends that love Castle. You feel part of the story because of the charactors personalitys on tv.


    What three words best describe Johnny Heller’s voice?

    Grows on you. You do recognize all his voice dilections when he speaks of the charactors, and gives them a personality and can see thier mannerisms, much the way they act on tv.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Caskett Crime Solvers


    Any additional comments?

    Look forward to the next novel, Frozen Heat.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara Northglenn, CO, United States 02-01-12
    Tamara Northglenn, CO, United States 02-01-12
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    "Oh yeah baby!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes!! and I have recommended it. If you like the TV series or if you like murder mysteries, this book is a fun read. The characters are so similar to TV that you can picture them but they aren't the same. Its a quick read and I will read the series again sometime when I can't remember how it goes anymore.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The interaction of all the characters is fun and lighthearted and well written


    What about Johnny Heller’s performance did you like?

    he's great!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Herndon, VA, United States 11-12-14
    Nicholas Herndon, VA, United States 11-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    If you could sum up Heat Rises in three words, what would they be?

    Typical Castle


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I enjoyed the pure fun of compare this to the castle tv show


    What aspect of Johnny Heller’s performance would you have changed?

    I think a women would do this better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karyn 08-18-13
    Karyn 08-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Nikki Heat at her best"

    Nikki Heat is great in here. Takes enough turns, it keeps me guessing. think I have it figured out, then not sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bea FREMONT, NE, United States 06-28-13
    Bea FREMONT, NE, United States 06-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Narrator could not change his voice"
    What disappointed you about Heat Rises?

    I tried to listen to this and just had to give up. The narrator did not change his voice from one character to another. Having a man narrate this was a mistake. Nikki Heat is of course a girl and her part not being read by a woman ruined this book. I only finished one chapter and quit trying to get into it. At least they should have had a woman narrate the Nikki Heat part and then maybe it would have been worth listening to. Very disappointed.


    What could Richard Castle have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He should have had a woman narrate the Nikki Heat part.


    What didn’t you like about Johnny Heller’s performance?

    He did not hold my interest and never changed up his voice.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Did not finish it so I don't know.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joan 04-29-13
    Joan 04-29-13 Member Since 2012

    Audio book lover, wife, mother to three boys. I listen whenever I'm alone and can put headphones in.

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    "not as predictable as you think"

    Good storyline. Not boring. Good narrator. I watxh the show and can put the characters from the show into the book. Cant wait for another to come out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Chesapeake, VA, United States 01-14-13
    Cheryl Chesapeake, VA, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoy the Castle books. Good story with interesting plot twists.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Johnny Heller’s performances?

    No, I don't really care for Mr Heller's performance but I enjoy the Castle books so I "tolerate" him.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer YUMA, AZ, United States 01-11-13
    Amazon Customer YUMA, AZ, United States 01-11-13

    Janetnaz

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    "Good Story but not Great"
    Where does Heat Rises rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the middle


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heat Rises?

    At the end when Nikki is sitting with Rook in the hospital


    Which character – as performed by Johnny Heller – was your favorite?

    Rook


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Seattle, WA USA 12-28-12
    Amazon Customer Seattle, WA USA 12-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Less than ideal narration ruined this book for me."
    Would you try another book from Richard Castle and/or Johnny Heller?

    No, I would not. The storyline just did not keep my interest.


    What could Richard Castle have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The character did not come alive to me. I fault the narration.


    What didn’t you like about Johnny Heller’s performance?

    I had too much difficulty figuring out which character was being represented.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It had a woman detective as chief character.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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